Saving Alstroemeria seeds

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Q: I have a garden with tons of Alstromeria in it, haven’t had much luck transplanting any to give away as the roots are so deep. There are probably 3 variations of pink, peach, orange with different throats, as well as plain yellow. I thought I’d try saving some seeds this year – any suggestions?

You are asking about one of my favourite plants and cutting flowers and I empathize. Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily) seems to be one of those exasperating garden challenges: when it likes where it’s situated it can become invasive, but finding the perfect spot is sometimes difficult. Alstroemeria prefers moist, well-drained, fertile soil, in sun or partial shade. Because the tubers ideally grow very deep 20-cm (8-in.) and are brittle and easily damaged when handled, propagating from seed is a good choice. Collect seed in late September once the flowers have completely dried out and simply scatter or share. Alternatively, sow seed in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe. Plant out seedlings by the potful to avoid damaging tubers; divide established clumps in fall or very early spring for best results.